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day. governor romney continues on the stump, while president obama campaigns in three states today while also keeping an eye on recovering from sandy. >>> plus, tea party favorite and former presidential candidate michele bachmann is fighting for her political life. details, next. you're watching "early today." >> announcer: brought to you by the makers of centrum men and women. have you taken the most complete multivitamin today? >>> well, the campaign clock is ticking, and with just about 120 hours to go until election day, the polls show the candidates are still neck and neck. nbc's tracie potts has all the details for us from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, reuters ipsos, one of the latest national polls out there, gives president obama just a one percentage point lead nationally. that is a tie as the president heads back out today to speak with voters. president obama's back on the campaign trail. polls show him up by six in iowa, two in wisconsin and two in new hampshire, but this week he's focused on new jersey. >> we are not going to tolerate red tape,
to be the best state, here is why, the numbers, iowa, the small state, sticking with obama, he is up by six in the latest poll, wisconsin, paul ryan's home state, as part of the obama firewall, romney would like to get it, still trails by three points look at new hampshire, while the president leads by two, new hampshire looks like the state that will go romney, romney's economic numbers are better than the president, and the president's job approval rating is less than better there. but i'll show you the crucial state ends up sitting here as ohio, if you look at these numbers here. in the road to 270, the missing ingredient is ohio, brian. >> all right, as we'll be discussing, something tells me, tuesday night, chuck todd at the board, as we continue along the way. why visitors to new york won't be able to visit one of the great icons, for quite a while. as our own richard engel found out earlier today. >>> back with more on this storm, nbc's richard engel got up above the city of new york in a police chopper today to see the damage and the challenge that now lies ahead. here now, some of
we know right now. president obama has declared states of emergency in several mid atlantic and northeastern states including maryland, new jersey, new york and connecticut. fema, the federal emergency management agency established emergency operations centers in those places to coordinate preparations and disaster relief. >>> hurricane sandy knocked out electricity to more than 5,000 customers in new jersey so far. officials warn that number will grow into the hundreds of thousands. >>> sandy is being blamed for 65 deaths in the caribbean, 51 in haiti where residents endured three days of constant rain. >>> just this morning, a 17-man crew was forced to abandon the hms bounty after getting caught in sandy's high seas off the coast of carolina. the coast guard says the members safely boarded two life rafts. >>> this storm is shaping up to be a travel nightmare. nearly 7,500 flights canceled in the northeast while amtrak suspended service in the northeast corridor. the show must go on for comedians jimmy fallon, jimmy kimmel. they're both saying they'll go ahead with tapings
game was my name. >> reporter: president obama also visits seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio. his must-win state. he'll be there every day between now and the election making his closing argument high lighting higher home prices and overseas. >> al qaeda has been decimated. osama bin laden is dead. so we've made real progress these past four years. >> reporter: how will it shake out on tuesday? >> i think romney has a 50/50 chance to win the popular vote. >> reporter: a possible split verdict from a nation already deeply divided. anxious to end this very long campaign. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> thank you. scott mcgrew has the latest on the numbers. >> the obama administration will seek to the gains and the romney will look at the unemployment. 171,000 added in the month of october. higher than expected. the other is the household survey. called that because it is arr e arrived at a set of phone calls stating, "are you working?" that is up from 7.8% in september. where the romney campaign will have traction is not that change month to month.
states where this election will be won. the final push has president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this
's campaign is running out of steam. meantime, president obama also hitting seven states between now and election day with the focus on ohio. he will be in ohio every day until voters head to the polls. the president making his closing argument and focusing on that must-win state. and he is also picking up a key endorsement from new york mayor michael bloomberg. earlier in the week the mayor said they were too busy with storm cleanup to accommodate a presidential visit, but he did write in "bloomberg news" that he's endorsing the president because of his policies on climate change. lynn. >>> all right. >>> well, some more political news for you. missouri senate candidate todd akin gained national attention for those legitimate rape comments. well, now he's out with a new campaign ad featuring two women talking about, of all things, rape and abortion. take a look. >> my name is kelly burrill and i'm a full-time student, i'm a single mother. i'm a woman who's had an abortion. i've been raped in my past. the reason that i'm voting for todd and that i'm so proud of him is because he defe
. this storm is already having an effect on the obama and romney campaigns. just ten days until the election. it could have a big effect on early voting in several swing states and already both campaigns have cancelled or rescheduled events to get out of the way of the storm. we've got both campaigns covered. we want to begin with kristen welker who's traveling with the pret in new hampshire. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. president obama is facing a big challenge. he's got to juggle campaigning in the final days with managing a potentially devastating storm. now this hurricane has already impacted his schedule to some extent. he was able to make a stop here in new hampshire. this is a small state that carries a lot of significance. president obama trying to get ahead of hurricane sandy which could diminish his campaign schedule this week. today he visited new hampshire, a state with only four electoral votes, but with the race deadlocked, the president can't afford to leave anything to chance. >> ten days, new hampshire! ten days. >> reporter: the president didn't
mathematics from obama campaign. it's the state that demograph demographically doesn't fit what they're trying to do everything that they're trying to do in every other swing state is about hispanics and gender. not ohio. the demographic group that mitt romney performs best with is white men. the demographic group he's performing poorly in ohio is white men. auto workers in toledo, akron, northwest part of the state. >> i think the reason for that is a, what rachel mentioned, the fight over union rights. a lot of counties that voted for kasich in the election swung overwhelmingly in favor of the unions in the referendum. secondly again the auto rescue. which makes a big difference in that quadrant you talked about. which is white working-class voters. and governor kasich dissed michigan, which i suppose is what you do when you're governor of ohio. michigan has had one of the biggest drops in unemployment. when obama took office, michigan was a mess because of the auto industry. they've had a huge drop of unemployment. even though they a little bit higher now than michigan. and i was struck tha
women. and another fascinating thing obama gets 43% of the wheat vote, higher than in most states. is it all about the auto bailout, smart move politically? >> it is all about the auto bailout. the chevy cruise which is assembled in ohio has ohio parts. down to the seat covers. and everybody knows that the alternative to the auto bailout would have been 13%, 14% unemployment in that state. chris: is there a national positive for him on the auto front or is it just in a couple of states, wisconsin, obviously michigan, those kind of mi western industrial statse? >> coal being part of the state that's doing well. obviously that message will play better to romney there than to obama. but nevertheless, to back out for a second a look at the economy, generally speaking, you have states important swing states where the unemployment rate is lower than the national average. but the recent set of data we see a brightening of consumer attitudes. we see consumer sentiment and surprisingly at a five-year high despite historically high gas prices. despite a lot of the concerns that this is our
, the president visited with victims of the superstorm in new jersey. the state where sandy came ashore was hardest hit. after his tour, he pledged federal support for the long haul. president barack obama joined new jersey state governor chris christie to get a firsthand look at what sandy left behind. >> we are here for you. and we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you rebuild. >> reporter: a long-time supporter of republican presidential nominee mitt romney, christy is today praising the president's handling of sandy. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. i think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend. and it's been a great working relationship to make sure that we're doing the jobs that people elected us to do. >> reporter: the loss estimated to be in the billions. in seaside heights on the jersey shore, the boardwalk has been ripped apart. the amusement park there before and after the storm. the roller coaster now in the atlantic ocean. further inland, evacuations continue. >> wa
, lester. it is really no surprise that president obama is kicking off the weekend here in ohio. this state is really key to his midwest firewall. if mitt romney doesn't win ohio, it is very unlikely that he will hold on to the presidency. according to our latest nbc news "wall street journal" marist poll, president obama has an honest lead here in ohio. let's take a look at the latest numbers. according to our poll, president obama has a six-point lead in the buckeye state, which is unchanged from last month. he's gotten high marks after hurricane sandy with seven in ten voters approving of his handling of the storm and he has a slight edge when it comes to handling the economy. 48% say mr. obama would do a better job compared to 46% who side with romney. on friday, mr. obama made a three-stop blitz here in ohio, staking his closing argument on the auto bailout, which is widely popular here. and which republicans oppose. he also slammed romney for claiming that jeep is shipping jobs to china. it's a claim the romney campaign defends that has been widely discredited. take a listen to what p
, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >> president obama joined new jersey state governor chris christie to get a look at what sandy left behind. after an aerial tour and speaking to victims the president pledged continued federal support. hardest hit, new jersey, new york, connecticut and west virginia. >> we're going to have a lot of work to do. i don't want anybody to feel that somehow this is all going to get cleaned up overnight, we want to make sure that people have realistic expectations, but what i can promise you is that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials and we will not quit until this is done. >> millions remain without electricity, the recovery process is under way. two of the three major airports in the new york city area were able to open up again. after things shut down for two days, the new york stock exchange reopened. >> for the north bay, it's been a little different. but for the peninsula, east bay and south bay you held off the rain. >> exactly. doing what we can. going
's no longer the case. >> reporter: back in lebanon, ohio, a pretty town in the key swing state. >> that's true. >> reporter: these sisters sell furniture. cassie voted for barack obama in '08, but decided to switch after she went to see mitt romney. >> i believed his promises and that he would do his best. and i think it's time for a change. >> reporter: the president ended his campaign marathon in ohio last night, and today is arguing 2% growth in the third quarter, the new number out today, is better than expected. "stick with me and my plan" the president urged on mtv. >> for the last 31 months, have seen over five million jobs created. the unemployment rate has been steadily dropping. >> reporter: president obama still leads in ohio by just two points, but in five ohio polls. >> if you add the same result five times in ohio, which you do, you know he is going to carry ohio. >> reporter: but if romney takes ohio and florida, north carolina, virginia, he could win. but so could president obama, even if romney wins ohio and those other states. the tiebreaker would be colorado. whoever wins co
president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this tight race, we have inically mat weather bearing down on the e
the election mr. obama campaigned across three battleground states, wisconsin, nevada and colorado. you see now mitt romney who was also campaigning in virginia today. both sides concentrating on nine swing states which is considered to be likely to make the difference. >> the president wants to see four more years and that's his chant. four more years, four more years, but our chant is this, five more days, all right? five more days. >> we know what change looks like. and what the governor's offering sure ain't change. giving more power back to the biggest bank isn't change. leaving millions without health insurance isn't change. >> in today's nbc marrist poll the president leads in iowa. the races in wisconsin, and new hampshire are much tighter. >>> for countless immigrants deportation is always a daunting reality even if you are legal, but the alameda district attorney's office is taking step to prevent that from happening when an immigrant is arrested for a nonviolent crime. ray kelly said it took a year for d.a. nancy o'malley to ship guidelines instructing prosecutors to let immigrants a
the voting efforts. in iowa today, he was introduced by a situation with the state's senior senator. >> we'll put america on a new path to a new day with a new president. obama. a new president romney, pardon me. >> time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment, that can bring the american families to the certainty that the future will be better than the past. >> reporter: speaking to a construction plant that benefitted from mr. obama's stimulus money help, he blasted the opponent. >> we're the nine million jobs that the president promised. >> reporter: president obama targeted the most loyal supporters without ever leaving washington, courting young voters now on tv. >> we now have to go directly to the source, the colleges and universities and say you have to work on cutting tuition. >> reporter: later, working on the undecideds. >> the major issue in any election, can you count on the purpose you put into office fighting for you, with a clear set of convictions >> reporter: meanwhile, the romney campaign's national co-chair, john sununu, criticized them of using stereotypes.
strength as it heads to the east coast. president obama had a message to the public. >> please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. do not delay. don't pause. >> in new york city, water is already flooding battery park. the city could get the worst of the storm surge up to an 11 foot wall of water that could hit manhattan. mayor bloomberg is urging residents to listen to evacuation orders. >> on the coast and waterways have begun rising and are expecting to remain at higher levels for the next 24 hours. >> and here's a look at times square earlier this morning. a relative ghost town all because of sandy. mass transit and schools are closed. in addition to the evacuation in the big apple, also a number of other cities on the east coast. wall street shutdown for the first time since the september 11th attacks. it gives you an idea of how bad sandy is expected to be. sandy leaving a mark on parts of north carolina. these are pictures from curo beach 30 miles north of wilmington. rising tides flooded homes. as many
potts has that side of the story. >> reporter: instead of campaigning today as planned, president obama is at the white house and warning americans. >> please listen to what the state and local officials are saying. when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. >> reporter: he declared emergencies in eight states, plus washington, d.c. before the storm. virginia and west virginia were added early this morning along with the first federal disaster areas. new jersey and new york. with the president busy in washington, clinton filled in for a rally in ohio. >> he said this storm is out of hand. i have to handle it. i said, mr. president, that is the right call. >> reporter: governor mitt romney is at a rally in ohio today. he is urging supporters to donate. >> swing by. give a hand. >> make sure we do our best to help those impacted by the storm. >> anything he says injects politics into it. and so you want to be careful if you're the romney team to keep an eye on it, obviously. but don't necessarily try to get in front of the story. >> reporter: one week before the election, polls
, president obama is getting briefings at the white house and warning americans. >> please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. >> reporter: eight states plus washington, d.c. were declared federal disaster areas before the storm hit. west virginia was added early this morning. president clinton filled in in ohio. >> he got up this morning and called me and said i got to go back right now, this storm is getting out of hand. i said, mr. president, that is the right call. >> reporter: governor mitt romney scheduled a storm relief rally in ohio today. he and paul ryan are urging supporters to donate. >> swing by, give a hand -- >> make sure we do our very best to help those being impacted by the storm. >> anything he says injects pure politics into it. so you want to be careful if you're the romney need to keep an eye on it, obviously. but don't necessarily try to get in front of the story in any way. >> reporter: one week before the election, polls are tied, but campaigning at a standstill. >> i am not worried at this poi
. with five days until election day, president obama campaigned across wisconsin, nevada and colorado. mitt romney travelled across virginia today. both sides concentrating on nine swing states which could make the difference. >> the president wants to see four more years, that's his chant. our chant is this, five more days, all right? >> we know what change looks like. and what the governor is offering sure ain't change. giving more power back to the biggest banks isn't change. leaving millions without health insurance isn't change. >> and today's nbc poll, the president leads mitt romney by six points in iowa. the races in wisconsin and new hampshire are much tighter. >>> an effort is underway to establish a reward nund last night's murder of a popular business owner. investigators say robbery was the motive for the deadly shooting of 50-year-old wilbur bartley. he was closing his cell phone store on international boulevard. when police say he was confronted by one or two gunmen. he was known for working with customers who had trouble paying their bills. and he also helped disadvantaged c
? >> reporter: well brian, here tonight in the state of florida, it is all too familiar with the devastation. mitt romney tempered his criticism of president obama, not once mentioning president obama by name and in fact encouraged his supporters to give what they could. this of course, came a day after selecting supplies at a storm relief event, his campaign hosted in ohio. still, as the cleanup gets closer to where you are in the northeast, governor romney is facing questions on the federal government's role, arguing the sta states, even the private sector should take the lead today, romney put out a written statement reaffirming the belief, also vowing that fema would have the resources it needs. one more note, there are polls out and both campaigns say they are in the lead right now. the new polls, the president is clinging to a tight lead in the crucial battlegrounds of ohio, florida, and virginia. >> all right, peter alexander in florida tonight. of course, it was all we were talking about until this storm that stretched over darn near half the country. our political director, chief wh
with democrat and republican leaders in washington regularly. >> president obama is back in washington after wrapping up a 48-hour, eight-state campaign blitz. he's resting by the way his hoarse voice. harry reid is all right after his motorcade got in an incident. the 72-year-old reid suffered rib and hip injuries, six cars, including two las vegas police cars and two capital police vehicles were involved in this early afternoon crash. several members of reid's security team and staffers also suffered minor injuries. >>> not old enough to legally ride a bike or scooter without a bike helmet but old enough to work in the field. tonight on nbc bay area investigation, it's child labor, prompting a new push to change that law. a california congresswoman is calling for new protection for kids who work in agriculture. steven is back with a story he broke earlier this year and there's push for change, steven. >> there certainly is. in a political season where the presidential campaign is gathering all the attention, there is right now a quiet movement starting on capitol hill in washington to chan
this country forward. now it is my distinct honor to introduce the president of the united states. i wouldn't want his job, right? ladies and gentlemen, president barack obama. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank you. thank you. it's so great to be here back in ohio. and before we start, sasha, malia, go to bed. [ laughter ] i do that to remind you i have two adorable young daughters and not five creepy adult sons.
is that if ohio votes me in as president i'll be the next president of the united states. thank you. >> here is what we do know, brian, both mitt romney and barack obama are not doing any campaign events at all tomorrow. and wednesday's schedule is still on the bubble. we'll see if they can get back on the trail. at that point it would be with just six days to go. >> well, chuck, what happens -- last time we had a hurricane, the halloween storm last year, we had power outages north of new york city. upstate new york, connecticut, rhode island, massachusetts, maine, vermont, eight to 11 days. what happens if people can't get to the polls to vote? is there a mechanism to delay a vote in certain places? >> reporter: well look, the states run the election system, it doesn't come from the government. i can tell you the topic came up. the fema director, fugate, did talk with officials. this is what happened in the state of florida when it happened in 2004. they moved polling places and got generators where it was necessary to open precincts. and by the way, the federal government reimbursed the st
needed to win so they are throwing hail marys in new states. little evidence to back up obama spin on that, savannah. three new polls out from the "new york times" showing the president leading narrowly in three states, pennsylvania, maryland and ohio. >> tamron hall is over at the news desk. new york. >> reporter: offer closing its doors for two days for the first time in its and lots and lots of flights have also been cancelled. back to you. >> all right, mandy. thank you very much. the teen who allegedly confessed to killing 10-year-old colorado schoolgirl jessica ridgeway has been charged as an adult with 17 counts, including four murder charges. prosecutors also say 17-year-old austin sigg sexually assaulted jessica. if convicted as an adult, he faces life in dozens of performers showed up. ♪ the sun will come out tomorrow ♪ ♪ but you've got to hang on until tomorrow ♪ ♪ come what may ♪ tomorrow, tomorrow, i love you, tomorrow ♪ >> you can join in from home. the performers managed to raise some cash for the red cross before they head badding to their new jobs ove
for thehite house in the final stretch. president obama and mitt romney crisscross the country, hitting key battleground states. but, will sandy put a damper on their campaigning? >>> and he's bringing sorry back just a week after he said i do, justin timberlake is saying i apologize to his fans. we'll tell you why "today," saturday, october 27th, 2012. >>> good morning, welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm andrea canning. so happy to be here. >> you brought your umbrella, boots and maybe a boat? >> it is a big weekend. i love how you told me you're going to be living on granola bar for the next couple of days. >> i'm going to be in the middle of it. it's going to be a bad one. >> all eyes on tropical storm sandy this morning as it slowly makes its way up the east coast. >> it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm this morning. right now it's packing topped sustained winds of about 70 miles per hour. just below hurricane strength. but experts say it could become a hurricane again. >> here's the latest. five states and the district
, okay if it is mitt romney he was a republican governor in a state that was highly democratic and he figured out how to get it done. if president obama is re-elected, he's got to worry about his legacy and maybe he will do some things to say let's not just sit here and look at each other with nasty faces. maybe we get something done. >> reare seeing consumer optimism opposed to corporate pessimism. who's right. >> six months ago it was the opposite. i think it will alternate in this muddle-through economy. 2% gdp. we just got that at the end of the week on top of 2.4 in 2010, 2.0 last year. the first three quarters averaging 2.7. the 2% growth we can't get out of the way. >> what about the housing market? it feels like it is doing better, feels like it's on the rebound. how important is that and do you believe we are seeing an improvement in housing? >> i think we are seeing a slow, bumpy recovery in housing. government is trying to do a lot to help. it is part of the reason why the consumer is feeling better. i think housing is key. remember, housing, mortgaging credit almost did us
years ago then candidate barack obama spoke about big things. now he's reduced to talking about small things. he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> reporter: while early voting is under way in several states, the threat of hurricane sandy is throwing both campaigns into disarray. governor romney and running mate paul ryan were forced to cancel events in virginia and instead turn their attention to ohio, the state that's looking more and more like a clencher. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> speaking of crunching, halfway there. the giants have a 2-0 lead going into game three of the world series tonight against the tigers. nba bay area is in detroit with more for us. >> reporter: greetings from detroit and game three of the world series where the giants are looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead in this world series but it won't be easy. detroit back on their home field here. the jints sending out the man who just keeps impressing every single time he goes out on the mound, ryan vogelsong, every game he pitches and the biggest game of his career, now certainly the v
and see which plan is better for your. >> four years ago then candidate barack obama spoke about big things. but now he's reduced to talking about small things. he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> reporter: while early vote is under way in several states the threat of hurricane sandy is throwing both campaigns in to disarray. governor romney and running mate paul ryan were forced to cancel events in virginia and instead turn their attention to ohio. the state that's looking more and more like a clincher. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> do you know what's in the food you eat? supporters of proposition 37 say it will help m form people and today they held a rally at a farmer's market in san francisco. >> this is a critical time for transparency in our food system. you may have seen advertisements about prop 37, saying that it will hurt farmers and today we have some farmers here gathered to tell you this claim is not true. >> a new group calling itself farmers for truth in labeling gathered at the ferry plaza saying farmers want clear labels. that's where prop 37
and compassion for our state. some folks will criticize me for complimenting him. i speak the truth. >> reporter: analysts say the president is picking up political points. >> the message that christie is sending voters is that obama is doing a good job. that he's somebody who can be trutsed. >> reporter: in florida, governor romney criticized the administration's record helping small business. >> sometimes regulators seem to look at businesses like they're the enemy. >> reporter: he never mentioned the president by name, but governor jeb bush did, claiming mr. obama is making excuses for his failures. >> it's almost as though the dog ate my homework is the reason why we're going to tough times. >> reporter: early voting reopened in maryland with long lines. >> three hours. >> yeah, yeah. but it's worth it. >> reporter: in areas where flooding destroyed some polling place, they're considering putting up tents to make sure residents can vote tuesday. we are watching the polls very closely. quinnipiac says the president is up by five percentage points in ohio but his lead is so slim in florida and
million jobs short of what he promised, unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. think of that. >> both candidates made several stops in ohio, knowing that historically this state can decide who is in the oval office. right now, the president has a two-point lead over governor romney. >> 5 days after super storm sandy, residents are receiving much needed food, water and clothing. officials were a welcome sight for residents of staten island, they have been critical saying that response has been slow to the outer new york city borough, and gas that was been scarce. and public transportation has been limited and hundreds of thousands of residents still do not have power. >> this is well beyond what any of us have expect can -- expected. >> after public outrage, new york city decided to finally cancel the marathon that was going to be held this weekend. the mayor said that the race would have brought in much needed revenue and sent a message that the city is recovering but residents say the focus needs to be on helping victims, not on a race. >> we want to remind yo
reporting it. >>> time for an early look of stories we'll follow here on nbc. this afternoon president obama will travel to atlantic city to survey sandy's decimation of the new jersey coastline. joe biden attends two grassroots event in florida. >>> republican nominee mitt romney will also spend the day in the sunshine state rallying florida supporters alongside marco rubio and jeb bush. paul ryan will be in his home state of wisconsin. it will be a parade of giants this afternoon in san francisco. baseball's winningest team swept the detroit tigers in four games to bring home their second world series title in three years. all day long you can stay on top of the latest developments on those stories and others as they break on msnbc. tonight be sure to watch brian williams with "nbc nightly news." finally, coming up later on the "today" show, a look at one of sandy's displays of power. the bent and broken dangling crane in new york city. >>> babies who made a dramatic entrance into this world. two families will share their emotional stories. now keep it on this channel for continuing local
much. >>> president obama returns to the campaign trail today following his tour of destruction in the state of new jersey and with the election just five days away, new polls are showing that the president and governor romney remain locked in a tight race. chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning. >> good morning, matt. schedules mean everything, the president back on the trail now, five dies go. the four of the next five days, he will be in the state of ohio and his very last rally will be in des moines, iowa, where the first lady will join him. fresh off his visit to the storm-ravaged new jersey shore, president obama returns to the campaign trail today. on wednesday, the president's focus, though, was all sandy, spending four hours surveying hurricane damage with new jersey's republican governor, chris christie. with less than a week to go until the election, the two leaders were an unlikely combination. practically inseparable, comforting victims in shelters and on the storm-ravaged streets. later at a press conference,
or supplies, their fury bubbling. fema has come to help. >> we asked for federal and state coordinators. >> reporter: it is simply too little, too late, the borough president says. >> the people with big salaries should be out there on the frontlines. i am disappointed. >> reporter: in hoe obama care en, the national guard is handing out critical supplies. thousands are still without power. heat, food, cash, medicine. the line outside cvs staggering. but lines are the new normal everywhere. >> i was in this line about an hour. people cutting in line. >> reporter: waiting for gas, to charge phones, or just to get around. lines are long, and patience is short. >> waiting to get on buses. >> reporter: it is a nightmare in new york city for some. despite limited subway and mass transit service up and running, it is a super slow go, and thousands have to commute by foot. >> walked across the brooklyn bridge. >> reporter: in manhattan, hundreds of thousands still in the dark, some cold and starving. >> people are dumpster diving, and what they're going after here is the food. >> reporter: it
of the few states that just might hold the keys to the white house. it has 13 electoral votes and as of now it seems to be anybody's race. the new "washington post" poll shows president obama in the lead by four points but a fox news poll conducted last week has mitt romney ahead by two. keep in mind both leads are within the margins of error. in the past three elections voters here in virginia have picked the winning candidate so it's clear the road to 1600 pennsylvania avenue may run straight through the state of virginia. it wasn't all that long ago that virginia was better known for its civil war battlegrounds than its political ones. for ten straight presidential elections the republican candidate came out on top, but then in 2008, virginia voters went for barack obama. >> virginia! >> it was interesting because he kind of road tde the wave and h swayed a lot of districts that had been traditionally republican. >> while the 2008 vote here closely mirrored the rest of the country, virginia has actually fared better economically. its unemployment rate is below the national average from i
states and president obama who was just briefed about the storm is expected to make remarks from the white house briefing room this morning having flown back from florida cancelling his appearance at a political event there this morning. we want to get to chuck todd who is in the briefing room. what are we kpeblting to hear. designee just got an update in the situation room from all of the places along the shore, also from fema, he was meeting with homeland security secretary, the head of fema. we hope to see some of those folks out here with the president as well. he woke up in orlando this morning, was is going to a campaign event but cancelled that to monitor the storm. >> chuck, we should mention here we are eight days to go until the election. this morning we'll be hearing from the president as the president not from barack obama the candidate for re-election. >> that's right. and, you know, as we also found out today, the president cancelled all campaign events today and tomorrow, governor romney has also cancelled all campaign events after won that he's doing one this morn
states, including virginia and ohio. meantime, both president obama and republican rival mitt romney have put their campaign trips on hold because of the storm and the need to deal with its aftermath. >>> iranian state television says the country's army has launched two days of ground and air maneuvers near the iraqi border. state media says the exercises are aimed at upgrading combat readiness and increasing deterrents against possible attacks. the war games come at a time of escalating tensions with the west over iran's nuclear program. >>> there appears to be high level fall-out from the apple-mac fee arrivingo. long-time head of iphone software development todd forstall will be leaving next year. apple did not give a reason, but it was his division that oversaw the update that replaced google maps with apple's first mapping app. that app drew so much criticism, apple apologized to its customers. >>> intrepid late night host jimmy fallon did not let the storm stop his release. he opened the store on almost the desserted streets, and then he delivered his monologue without a studio audi
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